That particular incident occurred back in 2010, a few days prior to the hearing that was to determine if Tip would return to jail on federal probation violation charges.
While many speculated that the timing of Tip’s “good deed” was suspect, it was clear that he had a good heart and merely wanted to do the right thing.
But how bout that wasn’t the FIRST TIME T.I. had saved a life!
Back in 2006, Tip came to the rescue of Creed’s lead singer Scott Stapp after he had took a tumble from a Miami hotel’s 16th floor balcony.
Tip agreed to keep the incident under wraps since Stapp was under the influence of several toxins at the time, however Stapp recalls the ordeal in his recently released autobiography, Sinner’s Creed.
Stapp writes in his memoirs about his near death experience and says that he was depressed, paranoid and hallucinating that night.
He believed that he was being chased, and, in an effort to flee, he climbed over the balcony railing and attempted to lower himself onto the balcony below, but slipped and fell onto his forehead.
As Stapp lay on a concrete ridge next to the 15th floor balcony, he called for help, but the adjoining room was not occupied. It took two hours before Stapp, who was in excruciating pain, was discovered with a broken nose, arm and hip.
It was Tip who happened to discover the gruesome scene. Stapp recalls the moment he was found, and writes:
Finally, the balcony door opened. As it did, I leaned my head over the edge, and a puddle of blood splattered at the feet of the gentle-man standing there. He looked up toward the ledge. I saw his face and thought, ‘Wait a minute, I know this guy’.”
Stapp and T.I. had met in 2004 while working on music for The Passion Of The Christ: Songs, an album of tracks inspired by the Mel Gibson film.
Tip immediately recognized Stapp.
“Scott Stapp?” he said. “Man, you messed up.”
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“What were the chances that T.I. ? the great rapper ? would walk in off the street, check in to the last available room, and arrive just in time to save my life?”
T.I. called an ambulance for the singer and kept his name out of the call. When paramedics arrived, they also agreed to report the incident as an accident.
Doctors were shocked that Stapp even survived the fall.
“We have no medical explanation for why you’re alive,” the physician told him. “A human skull is not strong enough to survive that kind of direct impact. Your head should have cracked open like a watermelon. … You’re officially the luckiest man I’ve ever seen.”
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